Tilting at Windmills

May/June 2012 Can you believe it?

By Charles Peters

Politico seems to have actually succeeded in shaming a K Street firm into dropping a valuable client. This rare feat was apparently accomplished by its revelation that the Livingston Group—composed of former Republican Congressman Bob Livingston, former Democratic Congressman Toby Moffett, and Tony Podesta, brother of a former aide to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama—had tried to justify the Egyptian military’s raid on NGOs that were trying to encourage democracy. It’s good that Livingston has finally seen the light. Still, the group must have had a very strong stomach to spend four years not only representing the current military government of Egypt but the Hosni Mubarak regime that preceded it. And dropping the client seems to have been less a result of conscience and more of being found out.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.


  • brian t. raven on June 09, 2012 10:05 PM:

    Perhaps there should be a grassroots movement to reward K Street "service providers" for ethical behavior? What should be the prize? They have lots of money already. Maybe a trophy would be appropriate. Most have trophy wives and offices already, so maybe Ethical trophies would encourage them to compete fiercely for more Ethical trophies. And trophies are cheap, too.

    It's all about appearances, anyway.

  • Paul Coyle on October 01, 2012 8:36 PM:

    K Street is synonymous with Wall Street...not concerned with main street.